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St. Johns Scout Hut and Asbestos Roofing

Buzz R in Castle Hill
Hello. Does anyone know the situation regarding the asbestos roofing at the St. John's Scout/Cub hut in Britannia Road? My grandson is attending as a cub but there are signs saying "Danger" and referring to the fact that the roof is made of asbestos. ... [ more ]
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Kym L
No the roof is not being replaced the roof is in very good condition nothing wrong with it at all, we are replacing a flat roof as it is leaking badly in places.
Buzz R
Kym L Thanks Kym. It's not my mind you need to put at rest but my daughter's, but I will pass your assurances on to her. Thanks again.

Dying Towns

Buzz R in Castle Hill
People on Streetlife often denigrate Ipswich or areas of Ipswich for being run-down, with boarded-up shops, and so on. I am currently reading 'Thunderbolt Kid', a Bill Bryson account of his childhood in Iowa, and came across this passage: "...most ... [ more ]
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My statement " Everyone seemed happier" was not sexist, it was an observation. It was how I saw life at that time. People had time for each other, something not always possible today. Interested, I like the idea of the Death Cafe but I know I won't ... [ more ]

Greenhouse assembly

Sue B in Gainsborough
Is there anyone out there who can assemble a new greenhouse?  Earlier this year we bought one and understood that it would be assembled on delivery, but that was not the case.  We have spent several weeks trying to assemble it, but have only managed ... [ more ]

Railway pub

Jack D in California
Is it true the railway pub is reopening very soon on foxhall road. What a cracking venue it always was for music.
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Death cafe.

Interested in Ipswich Town Centre
Does anyone fancy the idea of starting up a Death Cafe? It's where people can go and chat about all things death related and anything else too, but primarily death and dying. I feel that we don't talk about death and dying enough in this country, ... [ more ]
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That's really good to know. Thank you. If this doesn't work, the 2pm slot, I may try a different one, but I guess it'd not be in a cafe then but in a pub. Ah, that may be preferable to some. ;0)
Steve P
I heard about this in the Cycle Café today, and liked the sound of it. Mind you, I think I'd be interested in what might be called 'cultural' forms and expression surrounding death - literature and art, philosophy, etc. - as much as anything. I don't ... [ more ]

Woodbridge Road East shops

Anita H in California
Anyone know what's going into the two empty shops (HSBC and Boots)?  Be gutted if another estate agents!
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Ipswich Entrepreneur
The change of classes apply up to a maximum of 2 years - longer term you need planning permission. It is something I think is a good idea and why I think Kaspas won't last long as they don't have planning permission, it is still an A1 shop, but they ... [ more ]
Paula J
I will definitely boycott Gregg's, Martins is by far the best bakers in Ipswich. I have always though it would be good to have a butchers along there and personally I'd love a coffee shop too.


Mark O in Priory Heath
Anyone know wether the new trampoline centre in Cardinal park is open yet as I have not seen or heard anything about the place.
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Not to mention the cost of the socks that they force you to buy -'special socks'. Flux socks are the same as Jumpers socks but neither company will allow you to wear the others in their establishment.

Ipswich Waterfront

DC in Stoke
Imagine if our Council and associated organisations promoting Ipswich actually had a vision and truly believed in turning the axis of the town centre we could have ended up with something like this  Maybe then ... [ more ]
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Iain C
The whole thing is laughable. The benefit claims could easily have been achieved direct if IBC invested themselves. I realise the idea and understand the benefits of a strategic partnership but this is very much one way with Ipswich Central ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Iain C , you hit the nail on the head. Despite composing it on a train from an iphone, done a much better job than I could have done.  I was trying to evaluate their decade in control. Quite concerned that each 5 years this company can get an ... [ more ]

Grand Concert Evening with 4Seasons & Friends

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St Peters by the Waterfront
Beryl M in Bucklesham
Come and enjoy an evening of music and singing  with Peter Kerr Band and songsters. Tickets £12 adults and £9 under 9yrs. Ticket includes buffet on arrival, starting at 7.30pm.  Tickets available from Suffolk Music Centre, Queens Street, Ipswich ... [ more ]
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New butchery

Chelle H in Rose Hill
There is a new butchery opening in the old post office Brunswick Road. Brothers butchery , new venture owned by Craig and Jay , Craig has been a butcher locally for 15years and has decided to set up business. Lots of ideas for the new venture with a ... [ more ]
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Chelle H
Thanks for all the positive responses I will pass the comments on to Craig and Jay , and better still get them on Streetlife to keep everyone up to date on opening date etc
Lindsy C
Hi I run the local neighbourhood watch and Facebook page. Can I use some of your post to let everyone know. It's really exciting and hope that it does well. I will definitely be supporting them.

Combi boiler engineer

Chelle H in Rose Hill
Hi, can anyone recommend the services of a good combination boiler engineer , that is good at sorting problems as well.
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Rushmere Creative Writers

Sandy H in Broke Hall
Rushmere Creative Writers meet every Wednesday at 1 Winston Ave 7.30 - 9.30 It's never too late to join us.....don't hesitate and procrastinate....come and join the fun.
Chrissie C
I would totally recommend this to anyone who has ever thought about writing. I am a complete novice but I really enjoy writing and every one is so friendly and helpful.


James in Castle Hill
I went to B&Q Saturday afternoon they are either getting ready to shut the doors or doing some refurbishment just about all the kitchen displays have been sold some of the shelves are almost bear
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Water at the bottom of Cliff Lane

Pip in Broke Hall
All summer there has been nasty sludgey water covering the pavement at the bottom of Cliff Lane. I'm guessing it's something to do with the park and the waterways there. It's covered the pavement and has made it very slippery. This is rather annoying ... [ more ]
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Mike T
Thanks for advising me of the house rules Anthony P. I will of course raise any such topic as a separate issue in future. Please accept my profound apologies for any hurt, confusion or inconvenience caused.
Anthony P
Not a house rule Mike just advice cos if you raise something as a separate topic you will receive more response or advice from the other members my comments were not intended as a criticsm

Staff Recruitment

Peter M in California
Would anyone be able to comment on where Suffolk (or surrounding areas) business recruit office staff from?   Are there any recommended agencies, or do they use national agencies such as reed, monster etc? I'm thinking specifically about IT/Business ... [ more ]
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As a prospective candidate late last year I found Hurren & Hope to be better than the average recruitment agency. It was clear to me that they worked very hard for their clients. They are specialist IT recruiters and Ipswich-based, check them ... [ more ]

Chair repair

Janice W in Ipswich Town Centre
My beech carver needs a new arm.  Can anyone recommend a joiner/carpenter with such experience, please?

Free computer advice and support session at AgeUK Ipswich (29 Sep)

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AgeUK Help Centre, 41A Upper Brook Street, Ipswich Town Centre (opposite Sainsbury's)
Kennedy in Ipswich Town Centre
AgeUK Suffolk and Lxpert are offering FREE computer advice and support to older people. Those browsing at the AgeUK shop in Ipswich Town Centre will have an opportunity to speak to one of Lxpert's volunteering local IT experts about any computer, ... [ more ]

Cornhill Revamp

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We go to BSE most years, its wonderful, magical for young children too. 
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Fulcrum, I had an interesting conversation today with someone about the state of Suffolk, and although Norwich was briefly mentioned at the start with the basis of it being a well established city (obviously in Norfolk), comparison were drawn between ... [ more ]

Former Barnes store Upper Orwell Street

DC in Stoke
I cannot find the original conversation for the life of me but I remember reading that the Barnes store which has stood empty in Upper Orwell Street is being scheduled for demolition. At the time someone raised that this was very strange that it had ... [ more ]
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Richard G
Look at ipswich vision document to see what is planned for that area.
Iain C
Richard that was the ham fisted document I was referring to. It would appear that the redeveloped buttermarket has take the leisure aspect with restaurants and bars etc. So be interesting what they do. The main issue with this area is the land ... [ more ]

Young cat found.

Andy B in Greenwich
Hi all, Number one daughter found a young cat in Freehold Road. It kept following her and crying and was drenched and rough looking so she called me to go see. The cat was cold and didnt seem happy, had no collar so I used our pet carrier to take it ... [ more ]
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Chris B
I can"t believe the amount of people who don't microchip their pets. It doesn't cost much and prevents unnecessary suffering to both pet and owner should the animal stray. Blue Cross do it for a small donation.

Orwell Crossing truck stop

P P in Gainsborough
Very sad to see the Orwell Crossing truck stop on the A14 seems to have closed. I know there was some resistance to it from parties with a vested interest in promoting their own businesses, and there was some family tragedy a while ago, but it's still ... [ more ]
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Just seen that its re-opening on Monday 25th September serving food all day until 11pm.
YAY - good news! Hopefully with the same great food and a more viable business model!

Foxhall stadium car boot

James in Castle Hill
The car boot is going to run into October (subject to the weather being ok ) now and not finish on the 25th September as originally planned

Poundland Carr Street Ipswich

DC in Stoke
The front of the store next to Argos (ex- QD store) is now festooned with posters announcing the closure of the store on Wednesday 21st September obviously 3 Poundlands was too many for the town to support. It does sadly mean that there is now a big ... [ more ]
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Tommy S
same old Ipswich story half finished buildings around the docks and now another empty building the coop ,7 screen cinema  high car park charges what will be next ?
I expected one of them to close, but thought it would be the old Woolies. The one closing is much nicer than that one!

Woodbridge Road debacle

Beth T in Gainsborough
I have just had the misfortune to experience the new Woodbridge Road lay out. It was a terrifying experience. I had my 8 year old nephew in the car and I was trying to turn left into Christchurch Street... I indicated to enter the left hand lane but ... [ more ]
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Martin C
yesterday I came around the slip road and merged as you should without stopping, just as someone pulled out of the first road opposite on the left (Cobden Place), but instead of getting into the left lane pulled straight across in front of me, I had ... [ more ]

Bus route

John W in Westbourne
With reference to the bus route 14, I’m very sad to note that the Saturday time table has been reduced to 3 buses per day. This means that should I need to go into town after 2pm for whatever reason I will have to get a cab or struggle up the hill to ... [ more ]
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Spotty Dog
@SF, yes of course his post gets "seen by others" wherever he posts it but is less likely to gain sympathisers and supporters for his cause. Perhaps I should have added that it would be better for John W to change the area in his profile to the area ... [ more ]